Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German multinational security software company that provides antivirus software, Internet Security, Privacy, Identity and Performance tools for computers, smartphones, servers and networks, delivered as both software and cloud-based services.

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  • Over the past few weeks there has been another increase in phishing attempts via Facebook messages. Scammers have been sending messages that look like they contain a legitimate YouTube link. They’re short, snappy, and whet the appetite of the potential victim to learn more: They’re the latest phishing messages via Facebook Messenger. They contain little […] The post New Facebook phishing wave with...

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  • For techies and, above all, diehard Apple fans, the WWDC is a highlight of every year. There, Apple boss Tim Cook presents all the new features – and many product enhancements – coming to Apple’s product range. In recent years the WWDC has almost always been about the latest iPhone, but this year’s event was […] The post Greater privacy: These are the new features in iOS 12 appeared first on Avira...

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  • It’s not a secret to anyone anymore: Facebook tracks the shit out of people. But did you know just how much the company knows about you? The two documents – one with 225 pages that went to the Senate Judiciary Committee and one with 229 pages for the US Congress – were compiled by the […] The post Facebook knows who you’re calling appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • Question: “My email provider caps the maximum file size I can attach to emails at 10MB. It’s just far too small for me to transfer my vacation photos. An acquaintance of mine just recommended the WeTransfer service to me. It’s certainly really convenient, but are my files adequately protected?” Answer: Sending high-res photos, videos, and […] The post Question of the week: How safe is file transfe...

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  • Smart speakers, that is devices that listen to its owners and obey their every command, are becoming more and more popular. But as with most “smart” things, the device is only as clever as the software it uses – and sometimes it is really dumb if not outright dangerous. This has now been proven by […] The post Google devices leak your location data appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • GDPR is not the only name in the privacy/data collection game. Vermont is leading the charge in the USA Do you know your data brokers? One of the big mysteries of the internet is just who is collecting data about your online activities. It’s a critical question as this information about you is sliced, diced, […] The post Vermont goes after the data brokers appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • Anyone who wants to play an Android game on their PC needs an emulator, a program that basically tricks the game into thinking it is being played on a smartphone or tablet sporting Android OS. While there are a couple of solutions to allow the user to achieve this, the Android emulator AndY is one […] The post Android emulator AndY gifts its users a crypto miner appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • There is a new security leak every other day, one often bigger than the one before. With every other issue there also come a lot of security tips and tricks – after all one wants to be safe in the future. But have you ever wondered what an actual white hat hacker has to say […] The post Security Tips from a Real Life Hacker appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • The World Cup in Russia is in full swing which is why we have collected some interesting cyber security data concerning this year’s host country. Did you know: In Russia only 31% of the enterprises situated in the country used any kind of encryption strategies in 2017. As a comparison, in the United States it […] The post World Cup host Russia: Only 31% of enterprises use encryption appeared first...

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  • The World Cup in Russia is almost upon us which is why we have collected some interesting cyber security data concerning this year’s host country. Did you know: When compared to other countries, Russia lags far behind in terms of their cloud computing policy environment. Deciding factors in this case are the scores data privacy, […] The post World Cup host Russia lagging far behind in terms of clo...

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  • There is a new malware in town – and it’s being targeted at Android users. The app called MysteryBot is still under development and provides everything a criminal inclined person could ever want in one neat little package: It is not only a Banking Trojan but also a keylogger and mobile ransomware. The MysteryBot Android […] The post MysteryBot – the Android malware that’s keylogger, ransomware, an...

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  • Ransomware and cryptominers – these more or less new threats have made it on everyone’s radar fast over the last two years. They have swept over the tech world so thoroughly that there is almost no one who has not heard of WannaCry, Petya, or how your PC might mine cryptocurrency for other people’s profit. […] The post Ransomware, cryptominers, and the right protection software appeared first on A...

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  • Amazon Fire TV and their smaller counterpart the Fire TV Stick are well known and for a lot of people also beloved tools to use at home in order to watch a nice movie in the evening. While most people only utilize it to stream the occasional Amazon flick, others are craftier. They install whole […] The post Android malware infects Amazon TV devices appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • The World Cup in Russia is almost upon us which is why we have collected some interesting cyber security data concerning this year’s host country. Did you know: When compared to other countries, Russia lags far behind in terms of their cloud computing policy environment. Deciding factors in this case are the scores data privacy, […] The post World Cup in Russia: Cloud Computing appeared first on A...

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  • Age makes all the difference when it comes to password policies. Studies show that digital savvy Millennials are far worse than their more conservative, less technically adept elders on password management – or they might be better. It depends on how you read the data. Recent data collected by IBM Security shows that age has […] The post Don’t let age distort your password handling appeared first ...

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  • Right since it was founded, Facebook, in particular, has been combating fake profiles, bots, and attempts to crack into user accounts. In recent years, however, these attacks have become ever more sophisticated and ingenious. In the most well-known scam, complete profiles are cloned and then used to fraudulently obtain money and codes for money transfers […] The post Two-factor authentication to p...

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  • Legions of developers and security researchers are toiling away to create a password-less future one where people do not have to rack their brains to create and remember a secure password. This is great news for people tired of remembering either that password or the location of that sticky note with all of their secure […] The post Is there life beyond the password? appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • Oooops, Facebook did it again. Just when the whole mess concerning the Cambridge Analytica scandal was more or less forgotten the New York Times dredged up another of Facebook’s dirty little secrets: Apparently the social media platform has been sharing their user’s data without consent. Do you know who has your data? Apple, Samsung, Amazon, […] The post Facebook shares user data with Apple, Micro...

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  • Used smartphones at flea markets and on small-ads platforms can be very tempting. But you always run the slight risk of buying the proverbial pig in a poke, not least because the smartphone may simply be defective. That said, the topic of theft is one that you should definitely also consider. Alarm bells should be […] The post Have I bought a stolen smartphone? appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • Purchasing a new computer for gaming is not all that easy, but most importantly it shouldn’t be a problem financially. We all know how much the gaming industry’s top-of-the-line machines cost, but in the thicket of all there is to offer, there are some very interesting options for just the right compromise. There are indeed […] The post The top 5 (affordable) gaming PCs of 2018 appeared first on A...

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  • Why should you add a smart speaker (and maybe even much more) to your home? Before owning one, it seems rather useless, but once you get it going, your life changes forever. Is it really that drastic? Maybe not for everyone, but there’s a good chance that whoever tries a smart speaker for the first […] The post The best connected speakers to buy appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • To ensure the safety of their privacy and to surf anonymously online millions of users worldwide use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). As with all providers there are good and bad ones – and the bad ones do not take the security of your data all that serious. Things you would not believe a VPN […] The post Free VPNs are selling your data – and it’s not illegal! appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • Browser security is a big topic nowadays, with all the dangers you can encounter online. While a lot of people concentrate only on things like online privacy and PC security, your browser can be a potential pitfall, too – especially if you use it to also store and sync passwords.  After all, you do not […] The post How to enable the Firefox two-step authentication in 3 easy steps appeared first on...

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  • Alexa! That’s the keyword that will start a conversation with the intelligent personal assistant Alexa everywhere. While most users find it awesome and love it, data protection specialists feel a bit different. Why? Well, the smart Amazon box doesn’t take privacy too seriously. What’s Alexa? Alexa is the name if the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant […] The post Amazon Alexa: Smart a...

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  • The growing importance of chat applications can easily be seen by the number of attempts to infiltrate them (or to scam users). The most recent is that of the Russian government which, on more than one occasion, asked Telegram to give it the encryption keys of citizens registered with the service. The company didn’t give […] The post The best (and most secure) chat apps appeared first on Avira Blo...

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  • Remember Spectre and Meltdown? The two caused quite some trouble for, well, basically everyone owning a computer due to the fact that the security hole was not in some program but in the processors itself. Now that the dust has finally settled for Intel and AMD, a new exploit was exposed: Speculative Store Bypass or […] The post The enemy in your chip – new CPU exploit discovered appeared first on...

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  • The GDPR is almost upon us! Thanks to countless mails everyone – including you, your parents, your dog and yes, even cybercriminals – will have a hard time missing it. The latter is why you should be extremely careful nowadays when it comes to what kind of links you actually open in your mails. GDPR […] The post Help! GDPR or Phishing Mail? appeared first on Avira Blog.

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  • You’ve have heard of WhatsApp – of course, the messenger app with more than 1.5 billion monthly active users. You’ve most likely also heard of the GDPR, the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation. But what has one to do with the other you might wonder? Well – thanks to the GDPR which after a lengthy […] The post WhatsApp: Will the GDPR make its use illegal? appeared first on Avira Blog.

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